Tom Sawyer, Detective

Tom Sawyer, Detective is an 1896 novel by Mark Twain. It is a sequel to The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876), Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1884), and Tom Sawyer Abroad (1894). Tom Sawyer attempts to solve a mysterious murder in this burlesque of the immensely popular detective novels of the time. Like Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, the story is told using the first-person narrative voice of Huck Finn.

Tom Sawyer, Detective
Harper's Magazine poster by Edward Penfield for the debut of Tom Sawyer, Detective (August 1896)
AuthorMark Twain
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
SeriesTom Sawyer
GenreDetective fiction
PublisherHarper Brothers
Publication date
1896
Media typePrint, Audio CD
Preceded byTom Sawyer Abroad 
TextTom Sawyer, Detective at Wikisource

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Controversy

In 1909, Danish schoolmaster Valdemar Thoresen claimed, in an article in the magazine Maaneds, that the plot of the book had been plagiarized from Steen Blicher's story The Vicar of Weilby. Blicher's work had been translated into German, but not into English, and Twain's secretary wrote Mr. Thoresen a letter, stating, "Mr. Clemens is not familiar with Danish and does not read German fluently, and has not read the book you mention, nor any translation or adaptation of it that he is aware of. The matter constituting 'Tom Sawyer, Detective,' is original with Mr. Clemens, who has never been consciously a plagiarist."[1]

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